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US Sides With Malaysia in South China Sea Dispute With Beijing

The US military expressed support for Malaysia after the Southeast Asian country said 16 Chinese warplanes came close to its airspace. Beijing is disputing the claim and said they only sent two aircraft to the area for a routine mission.

On May 31st, Malaysia said it scrambled jets and saw the Chinese warplanes over the South China Sea, about 60 nautical miles from the Malaysian state of Sarawak, which is located on the island of Borneo.

Whenever there is an incident in the region between China and its neighbors, the US is quick to get involved. In comments to This Week in Asia, an officer from US Pacific Air Forces expressed support for Malaysia. “We support our partners in the Royal Malaysian Air Force and encourage [China] to respect the sovereignty of all nations,” the officer said.

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